10 Dec, 12:23
Ireland's John Lacey will referee his first ever RBS 6 Nations while Alain Rolland is also included in the Elite Panel in what is his last season.
Keane works full-time as a Referee Development Officer for the IRFU and his appointment to last weekend's South Africa Sevens final is another well-earned reward for the Union's work in developing referees as well as his own hard work and commitment.
He is well known on the domestic scene and has refereed matches in the All-Ireland League, Magners League and Amlin European Challenge Cup as well as underage and 'A' internationals.
He made his representative debut when he refereed the Namibia v Tunisia Rugby World Cup qualifier in Windhoek in October 2006.
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